Diabetes Connections presents:

Moms' Night Out

Feb 2-3, 2024

Canopy by Hilton, Charlotte, NC

Moms' Night Out Charlotte Conference Report

We kicked off our fourth event at the venue where we started it all. Canopy Hilton in Charlotte would be our last Moms’ Night Out in the Carolinas for a few years, and we sent it off in style! This is where we recorded this video, which has more than 1.5 million views across platforms!

Our welcome toast began the event with a bubbly celebration as we opened the vendor fair. New technology for this conference included our first glimpse of the Tandem Diabetes Mobi Pump in use – worn with the little pocket sleeve. It was our first Moms’ Night Out without Mannkind’s INHALE study, recruiting for pediatric Afrezza trials because they found enough patients! We are thrilled to have played a small part in helping families find that important study.

Our check-ins were manned by two amazing educators. Attendees sign up in advance to meet with a diabetes expert and get a quick, 15 minutes check-in. Dana Roseman, MPH, CDCES, RDN lives with type 1 and had joined us in Frisco/Dallas. We also had Abbey Cooper from Risely joining us for the first time. We are excited that both Risely and Integrated Diabetes Services have said they’ll come back from more Moms’ Night Out events.

Big thanks to Glowcose, our Cocktails and Crafts sponsor. The founder lives in Charlotte and joined us to demonstrate the product. It displays a customizable color corresponding to blood glucose, so you know where you are at a glance. We also gave away two Glowcose units. Friendship bracelets were our craft at this event.  

Friday’s speaker was Sarah Stewart Holland from Pantsuit Politics. Her son was diagnosed with type 1 in spring of 2022. We talked about having a child diagnosed when you have a top podcast and tens of thousands of followers – she got a LOT of advice those first few weeks. We also had  great discussion about identities vs roles and about not confusing our experiences as moms of children with diabetes with actually having diabetes. We recorded the conversation and you can listen here.

Following the chat, we had our raffles for Kendra Scott jewelry, a VIVI cap, and Stacey’s books and called it a night.

Saturday morning, we were back at 9am with coffee and breakfast. Stacey led a panel sponsored by Gvoke for discussion about independence and T1D. We talked about sleepovers, making lots of mistakes (and letting our kids make them, too), and steps to balance safety, confidence and responsibility.

Our closing keynote speaker was Maison Carter, a local Charlotte TV news anchor who lives with type 1. Madison gave an absolutely incredible talk about how, while incredibly independent as a young child with T1D, she reached out for help from her mother as an adult. We recorded that conversation and will feature Madison on an upcoming Diabetes Connections podcast.

After our closing photos, we lingered in the lobby. As usual, no one wanted to leave! Even though this was a local event for us, there were a bunch of new people, and we spent a lot of time exchanging contact info.

 Next stops: Denver in September and Philadelphia in October.

More information on all our upcoming and past events here

What To Expect

Exhibitor fair

learn about the latest in insulin pumps, CGM, and meter technology as well as diabetes management options.

Cocktails & Crafts: engage in a fun, hands-on activity while you get to know other moms. Enjoy signature cocktails and/or non-alcoholic drinks.

Dinner is included

Meet new friends and catch up with those you already know around a great meal you don’t have to cook (or carb-count)

Coffee and breakfast Saturday morning

Our speaker Saturday morning will send you home with practical advice to address the unique challenges we moms face.

All attendees will receive a swag bag full of freebies

Guest Speaker

Anna Sabino head shot

Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES of Finding Smiles Coaching.

Anna is a mental health professional and Certified Diabetes Care and Education specialist who has lived with type 1 for over 30 years. She thrives on helping parents and families navigate the different ages & stages of type 1 diabetes and has two children of her own.

The Venue

Canopy by Hilton is a modern boutique experience that will help you relax and revive. Located in easy to get to South Charlotte and close to shopping, dining and upscale SouthPark Mall.
Photo of Stacey Simms during an interview

About Your Host

Stacey Simms is the host of the long-running and award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections. She is the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes,” and the upcoming “STILL The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom.” 

Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned two, back in 2006; she’s been sharing her family’s experience with T1D ever since.

Learn more about Stacey here

She has been featured in almost every diabetes publication and outlet including: Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Forecast magazines, Beyond Type 1, JDRF, Diabetes Daily, Healthline, DiaTribe, T1D Everyday Magic and more.   

Contact Us

FAQs

This is a conference designed for mothers of children with diabetes, with a focus on type 1. We will not turn any adult in the diabetes community away, but all of our programming is geared to moms. Please, no children in the conference space, this is meant to be a relaxing kid-free respite. 

Friday:

2:30pm Check-In opens, get your swag bag!

3-6pm Vendor Fair

3-6pm Check-Ins with educators Anna Sabino & Gary Schiener (advance signups)

5-7pm Cocktails & Crafts

7pm Dinner

8pm – Socialize and hang out!

Saturday:

9am Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am Speaker

11am Focus Groups (advance signups)

Relax & socialize before you head back home

No, but we urge you to do so! Part of the fun (and learning) at this conference is about being away from your children with diabetes, something we moms rarely get to do. Staying at the hotel is not required, but there will be informal socializing there after dinner and in the morning that you won’t want to miss.

No. The only groups that are allowed to hand out literature and/or demonstrate products are those with an agreement with us. There are lots of lower-cost options. Please let us know if you’re interested.

We will adhere to all local and state laws, rules, and regulations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID. We encourage everyone who is eligible to be fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage everyone to self-test with a rapid antigen test before coming to the conference. 

We’d love to take this show on the road! Reach out at info@diabetes-connections.com and let us know where we should go next!